I feel like I read this article every few months, reminding American audiences that there’s an epically entertaining British series featuring attractive twenty-somethings drinking, cavorting, and saving the world, all the while fulfilling their community service. Yet the question remains: Why isn’t everyone watching Misfits?!
Now in its fifth season, the series features an all-new cast with none of the original characters. Why bother, you might ask? Bother, I retort! Misfits may not have the most cohesive narrative structure, but it doesn’t matter. Series creator Howard Overman has maintained a roster of fascinating, bizarro characters from Alex the handsome barman to the brilliantly crass yet ultimately sweet Rudy.
That’s not to say the show is perfect. The depiction of certain sexual situations, especially those related to Alisha and Alex’s powers, is problematic. Plus, questions like why do they still show up to community service, why doesn’t the world know about superpowers, and is there anything beyond their South East London neighborhood will pop up in your mind while watching. But the cast is so strong – they feel like real people — and the production is so sophisticated (it almost makes South East London look stylish) that the show’s appeal outweighs its flaws.
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